John Jones (Medal of Honor)

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John Jones
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Ordinary Seaman John Jones
Born (1841-08-25)August 25, 1841
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Died August 15, 1907(1907-08-15) (aged 65)
Place of burial St. Mary's Cemetery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Rank Ordinary Seaman
Unit USS Rhode Island
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

John Jones (August 25, 1841 – August 15, 1907) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor — for his actions in the American Civil War.


As a Landsman serving on the USS Rhode Island, Jones assisted in the rescue of crew from the sinking ironclad USS Monitor.

Jones later reached the rank of Ordinary Seaman. He is buried in an unmarked grave in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Landsman Jones' official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Served on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island, which was engaged in saving the lives of the officers and crew of the Monitor, 30 December 1862. Participating in the hazardous rescue of the officers and crew of the sinking Monitor, Jones, after rescuing several of the men, became separated in a heavy gale with other members of the cutter that had set out from the Rhode Island, and spent many hours in the small boat at the mercy of the weather and high seas until finally picked up by a schooner 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Naval History & Heritage Command.
  • "John Jones". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2006-10-02. 
  • "US People - Jones, John". Online Library. Naval History & Heritage Command. 2001-04-07. Retrieved 2006-10-02. 
  • Medal of Honor recipients, 1863-1994. Two volumes. Compiled by George Lang, Raymond L. Collins, and Gerard F. White. New York: Facts on File, 1995. Use the alphabetical Index, which begins on page 865, to locate biographies.